Miss Flicklash by Eylure

It isn’t often I am taken by surprise at my findings in Boots. Until I saw Miss Flicklash lashes by Eylure – false lashes with the eyeliner built into the lash. Something I had never contemplated needing, but nevertheless, I felt compelled and intrigued to buy a pair to see how they turned out, plus they were reduced to £2.46 or something like that, so it almost would have been rude not to.

I picked up the lashes in style 107F – a textured set which would give length and a slight bit of fullness to my lashes. From what I can tell, there are 4 different styles in this range, varying from much more natural, to super-full on.

The Flicklashes are easy to apply – you do as you would with regular lashes, expect with these you peel the backing paper off the flick and also apply glue to that. You make sure your falsies are in the right spot, then secure down the flick, which is pretty easy to position – it’s fairly stiff so you won’t end up with wonky wings.

The lash band is quite thick, to give the impression of eyeliner for the flick to continue into. I found I needed to add some black liner into the inner corner of my upper lash-line to make them blend in.

When I first saw these in the shop, I did an internal laugh, thinking it was a bit of a crazy idea – but you know what? I take it all back. What a genius idea for anyone that struggles with liner – it ensures it’s the perfect shape, balance and in the perfect position, and looks really effective. What do you think?

If you like the look of them, have a look at the lash section of your local Boots – you may be able to get them at a clearance price too – or does the fact that they are clearance mean they are getting discontinued? Who knows, but grab them while you can! If not they are available at the Eylure website.

Ardell 318 Accent Lashes

Quite often I want to add a bit more oompf to my eyes, without the full-on-ness of strip lashes. I had a look around and thought that the Ardell Accent lashes in 318 may well be just what I was looking for. They are half lashes, which go on the outer corners of your eye and claim to be lightweight and comfortable to wear.

The thin band makes them super-easy to apply, plus the fact they’re only half-sized means you don’t have to faff around making sure you get the inner corner stuck-down perfectly. All it look was a case of placing them ontop of my pre-mascaraed lashes and voila. They are so effortless to use, yet really add impact. They’re so comfortable you forget you’re wearing them – I will 100% be wearing these more often.

Ardell 318 Accent lashes cost £4.49 from www.falseeyelashes.co.uk and are sold without glue. You can use glue from any other boxes you have lying around, or check out my personal fave – Duo.

Katy Perry’s Eylure Color Pop Lashes ‘Ka-Boom!’

Katy Perry has had a line of false eyelashes with Eylure for a while now – I am yet to try any of her classic collection, but I have always been impressed with all the Eylure lashes I’ve tried. They’re always a failsafe purchase!

The latest release from the Katy Perry / Eylure camp is the Color Pop Lashes – a range of lashes designed to give you a pop of colour with the volume and intensity of a false lash.

There are three colours in the range – Ka-Boom! (royal blue), Ka-Ching! (peacock green), Ka-Pow! (Purple), and also Ka-Zaaam! – a pack of individual lashes covering all of the colour options.

They look like a set of black false lashes, with another set of coloured lashes, with more sparse hairs, on top – this adds to the fullness of the lash, and means you get the colour coming through without it being too over the top.

Of course, anyone can wear any colour they like – but green and blue will bring out brown toned eyes, and blue and green will enhance blue toned eyes. Just to be a little different, I tried the blue – Ka-Boom!

The lashes themselves are, as always, great quality. They are rather long and fluttery, and according to Eylure, fit all eye shapes. The glue is included, and they are reusable.

As for the colour – is a subtle flash of colour – from a distance, no one would probably know the difference, and up close, it’s rather pretty. FAR nicer than coloured lashes! I think they’d be fab for a night at a club or something similar, especially if you like to play up your eyes. They’d also be great with a full-on smokey eye. Sometimes black lashes can get lost against black shadow, so these are a great way to break it up.

Katy Perry’s Color Pop Lashes are £6.45 per pack from Look Fantastic

Lash Boutique ‘Jenny’ Lashes

Lash Boutique is a brand I was first introduced to when I started working as a make up artist – they were the lashes we were using backstage at a show…. then more recently we used them on the models at Essex Fashion Week, the TOWIE mob and Desperate Scousewives love them… and they continue to go from strength to strength.

The company was created by Jenny & Elaine who both work in the beauty industry (Jenny is a make up artist herself) – they provide 100% human hair lashes which are handmade. You’d think that for a product of that description you would be paying a high price – when in fact, they’re cheaper than the lashes you’d find on the shelves of Boots!

They have 12 styles of lashes varying from very subtle to full on glamour-puss. I was sent some of the ‘Jenny’ lashes to try out (named after Jenny, one of the company directors) – a fab daytime lash.

All of the lashes come in a very sturdy black case which is great for storing them in safely between uses. Also included in the box is a tube of black eyelash glue. I find the glue much better than what you normally get in high-street lash boxes – the fact it’s black means you hide the lash bar better, and also helps to blend the look together. Its also super-sticky. Once these lashes are on, they are definitely on for the night! The only thing worth noting with the glue is you don’t need to leave it as long as you would with other glues to go tacky – the first time I tried applying the lashes I’d left them too long and the glue had dried. 

The Jenny lashes are perfect for daytime – Jenny herself wears them every day! They add impact to the eyes without being too over the top or obvious. They are feminine, pretty and feel very lightweight on the eye so you aren’t conscious of wearing them and can just get on with your day with your lashes all a flutter!
I’m definitely going to check out more of their range as each time I’ve used their lashes I’ve been impressed.
Lash Boutique lashes are available at BowtiqueInc.com  priced at £6.99 per set.

Red Cherry #601 Lashes

I first heard of Red Cherry lashes when Lyndsey Harrison mentioned she was using them on some of the TOWIE cast – I checked them out further and seems there is a huge range of lashes in all different styles made by them.

KKCenterHk, my lovely lash stockist – asked if I’d like to review anything else from their site – intrigued about Red Cherry, I picked out a few different styles and today I’m going to show you the #601 lashes.

They are made with 100% human hair, and are very natural looking. I really like that the strip band is very thin and as the lashes are placed, it’s even invisible in some areas.

They give a definite enhancement to my eyes without being too obviously false or unnatural. I’d wear these quite comfortably during the day time, as I have short thin lashes and these are so natural looking that I wouldn’t feel an idiot!

They cost £2.10 and are resuable, which I think is a fab price. Shipping from kkCenterHk varies from only 45p to £3.67 depending on how quick you want them, but I would recommend having a good look through the site and stocking up as they have got just so many different lashes for sale!

Have you tried Red Cherry lashes before? What do you think of the #601 lashes?

A813 Cheap Eyelashes!

If you want to add a little bit of oomph to your lashes without looking ridiculously over the top, then feast your eyes on these little beauties! The A813 lashes from KKcenterHk are made to look rather natural, but give a definite change in appearance to my eyes.

They come with a very long band, which has to be cut – they are still too large for my eyes once that’s off, so I cut them from the shorter side; leaving the longest lashes to create the drama at my outer eyes. You could cut them to size from the longer end if you wanted to use them in more of a subtle way.

They come in packs of 10 – which only costs £4.98 – that’s around 50p per pair and they’re resuable! Registered air mail from Hong Kong is only £1.87 and you’ll get your package within 3-5 working days. I seriously can’t rave about this website enough! I am always a bit wary of buying things from international websites, especially when the English on it isn’t 100%, but I want to assure you that it is completely genuine and I have been thrilled with all the lashes I have had from them.

The lovely people at KKcenterHk have given me a 10% discount code for my readers to use on their site – perfect timing to get in your holiday lash wardrobe! Just enter BLGB268SU10 at the checkout – this is valid until 28th February.

Let me know what you get!

Ballerina Brand False Eyelashes – CM425

These are more of the ever so vauable false eyelashes from kkCenterHK.com. This time is the CM425 lash by the brand Ballerina. You get 10 in a pack, for $13.90, which by my calculations, makes them about 88p per pair. Yes, 88p per pair, annnnnd they’re actually really good lashes!

I have never used a criss-cross style of lash before, so was really interested to see what they looked like once they were on. They were a little too long for my eyes, so I cut them down leaving the longest lashes at the outer corner of my eye. I found them fairly stiffly routed in their curved position they’d been packaged in, but once you give them a firm wiggle they’re much easier to work with.

Although they are obviously false, I think they look fairly natural as they are not super-thick.

What do you think?

KKCenterHK is based in Hong Kong, but they ship internationally cheaply – the highest shipping cost works out at around £3.75 for delivery within 2 to 3 days!  They sell all different types of lashes as well as these, but I would highly recommend the CM425.

Holiday Beauty Hits

Seeing as I’ve just got back from ‘Beefa, I thought it was pretty fitting that I did a holiday hits post – my most favourite things to use while I was away. I could make a list as long as my arm, but I’ve tried my best to cap it at a top 10!

one – Urban Decay Naked Palette (£32 from Beauty Bay)
This was fabulous – every colour I could have needed for my holiday. Creep was used for the nights I wanted to go totally smoky, but mostly Half Baked was given a good run for it’s money. I tended to mix it with NARS Orgasm Illuminator to foil it and make it ultra metallic a la…

two Dove Indulgent Nourishment Body Lotion (£5.10 from Boots but currently on offer at £3.40)
After hearing the Dove skin expert at The Only Way is Blogging saying that any moisturiser is good for post-sunned-skin, I decided to use this rather than a general after sun. It has 24 hour moisturisation technology and really left my skin feeling soft and gorgeous, even if I do say so myself! (please note, this was a press sample)

three ES A155 Lashes (£8.25 for 10 pairs from KKcentreHk)
These were a Godsend – despite them being reusable, when we were getting in at ridiculous hours of the morning from a night out, more often than not I ripped the lashes off my face and left them in random places never to be found again, so having a big stash of inexpensive yet effective lashes on hand was ideal! Check out my review of these lashes here. (please note, this was a press sample)

four – EOS Summer Fruits Lip Balm (approx £5 from eBay or available widely in USA)
I loved the look of these ever since first seeing a picture – I just had to have one. I love the quirky shape of it and all my friends adored it too. Perfect for having on hand and giving a bit of moisture to your lips while sunbathing.

five – Sleek Paint Pot in Peach Perfection (£4.30 from Sleek)
This was perfect for adding a slight sheen of colour to your lips poolside – it just gave the impression you had gone to the effort of doing something, without doing anything too much! Check out my review of this here.

six – Compact Mirror (mine is Benefit, but not sure if they’re still in production)
I’d say this is an absolute essential – for checking if any mascara has run, bits in your teeth, all your lotion is rubbed in etc etc

seven – Dove Intensive Repair Regenerating Mask (£3.99 from Superdrug)
This is a hair mask which is designed to be left in for 3-5 minutes then washed out, however this was my rescue hair product in a different way! My hair is very thick, and I have lots of it – so trying to do anything with it after washing it was a complete nightmare. The only way I managed to regain any control was by slathering my hair in this, so I could actually tie it up (normally on the top of my head) and leaving it in until the next time I washed my hair. When I came back to England and gave it it’s first wash, it was in such good condition – something I certainly wasn’t expecting after it being in the sun for so long.

eight – Illamasqua Skin Base Foundation in Shade 08 (£25 from Illamasqua)
I really don’t have good skin. Not the kind of skin I would want to go baring, with no make up on. I needed to find something that covered up the bad bits without me looking too cakey. I bought this, and Garnier’s BB cream hoping one of them would be the solution to my problem. Unfortunately the Garnier was just too sheer for me, but the Skin Base Foundation was perfect. My friend commented on my make up one day asking how it stayed looking so perfect (score!) however I know it wasn’t exactly perfect – it does get shiny after a while of wearing, particularly in the heat, and as expected, needs reapplying after getting wet. I am wearing it in all of the photos in this post and loving that because there’s no SPF in it I don’t look like a ghost in them! I think if I could find a way of making it last a little longer without getting shiny, it would definitely be my holy grail foundation.

nine – Exposed Skincare Acne Treatment Serum ($19.95 from Exposed Skincare)
I am currently following the Exposed Skincare plan – I have used it for over 30 days now, so expect a full review of that soon. Although I still got spots, the Acne Treatment Serum helped to dry them out a lot faster than usual, so they were there for a lot less time than they would normally be. The last thing anyone wants on holiday is for their skin to get worse, so this was handy when I had a breakout.

ten – L’Oreal Lash Architect Waterproof Mascara (£7.99 from Amazon or in store at Boots)
I’m not saying this is the best waterproof mascara I’ve ever used – but it did the job; the mascara stayed put all day without any smudges or panda eyes. It seperated my lashes nicely, made them look full but not too ott, and basically, just made it look like my eyelashes actually existed!

Although it’s not really a beauty item the Liz Earle Tote Bag was kindly sent to me just in time for my holiday and is the perfect size for a towel, book (I kidded myself every day that I would get more than 2 pages read!) sun tan lotion, water and make up essentials. It has a magnetic fastening, a gorgeous nautical style, and is very robust. If you take advantage of the Liz Earle Suncare Offer before 31st August, you too can have one of these bags in a slightly smaller size. The set includes Mineral Suncream  SPF20 to help reflect UVA and UVB rays, their Sun Shade Botanical Aftersun Gel to cool and rehydrate and two shimmering treats – basically everything you need to keep your skin looking amazing while you’re away!

So, that’s my top 10 folks. What do you think of it? Would you add anything in?

ES A155 – Cheap False Eyelashes!

I am a big lover of false eyelashes, and wear them quite often if I’m going out for the night, so when I was contacted by KKcenterHk to see if I’d like to test out some of their lashes, I jumped at the chance! 
There are a wide range of lashes on their website, but I chose the ES A155 ‘Black Densely’ set as they seemed quite suited to the kind of thing I would normally buy in Boots.
They come in packs of 10, and are priced at £8.25, which is absolutely bargainous considering they are also reusable. There is no glue included within the pack, but if you’re like me, you will have tubes of eyelash glue in each handbag so not too much of a problem!

The lashes were slightly too large for my eyes, so I snipped a small amount off the end of each of the lashes and they fitted perfectly.

 I really like the style of the ES A155 lashes as they give your lashes definite oomph without veering into the realms of drag queenish.

I love how dense and thick they look when you are looking down… sexy!

The items come from Hong Kong, but they ship worldwide and shipping is cheap – for instance, shipping to the UK ranges from 57p to £3.89 depending on how fast you want your goods and if you want them tracked. Standard Registered air mail costs £1.97 and your package will get to you in 7-14 days which isn’t too bad at all considering the prices!

The eyelashes seem very well made and as if they will last a long time – I would definitely price them at more than 83p a pair and are absolutely worth the money. I’m going to have a look around the rest of the site and stock up on some other styles for the future.

What do you think?

Please note, I am in Ibiza at the moment – this was a scheduled post – I will reply to comments when I’m back!

Eylure 080 Lashes

Last week, I tweeted that I was after some false eyelashes, available on the high street, that wouldn’t look too fake, but just add a boost to my own natural lashes. I had lots of suggestions back at me – Ardell Wispies seeming to be a favourite… so off I set to Boots. Only the Boots I went to must have had the tiniest selection of false eyelashes I had ever seen, so I popped a pack of Eylure’s lashes in 080 in my basket and hoped for the best.

I had picked these out because they seemed the least densely packed of the few that were on offer. In hindsight, I should have gone by length not density, as these didn’t really fulfil my desire for natural looking lashes!

Although they weren’t as natural looking as I’d have liked for the occasion, I absolutely love them and will definitely be repurchasing. They give the lashes a bit of oomph without looking ridiculous, and were easy to apply. The only down point, which is a pretty major one, was that one of the lashes came unstuck during the night, and stupidly I hadn’t taken the glue out with me, so off they came!

These lashes cost £5.31 at Boots and are currently part of a ‘buy one, get 2nd item half price’ offer.

Have you tried these lashes? What do you think? What would you recommend as a natural but lash-boosting pair of falsies?